Boston Celtics guard Payton Pritchard has secured his future with the team, as he recently agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract extension. The deal has been confirmed by Pritchard’s agents, who have assured that the contract is fully guaranteed.
This extension comes with the expectation that Pritchard will play a more significant role off the bench during the upcoming season. The young guard, who was drafted in 2020, is among the growing number of players from his draft class signing rookie-scale contract extensions.
Players have until October 23 to sign extensions, and Pritchard’s deal ensures his continued presence with the Celtics. Last season, he played an average of just 13.4 minutes per game, but that number is projected to increase this year.
Pritchard’s abilities have not gone unnoticed. Since joining the NBA, he has impressively shot 42.6% on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers, placing him in the top 15 among players with 300-plus attempts in that period.
The young guard had a standout performance in the final game of the 2022-23 regular season, making and assisting on 17 3-pointers, which tied the record for most in NBA history. Pritchard also accomplished the rare feat of recording a triple-double while making nine 3-pointers in a single game, joining the likes of James Harden.
In his final game of last season, Pritchard put up an impressive stat line, scoring 30 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, and dishing out 11 assists. These performances highlight Pritchard’s potential and demonstrate the impact he can have on the Celtics’ success.
With his new contract and the team’s belief in his ability, Boston Celtics fans can look forward to witnessing Pritchard’s continued growth and contributions on the court in the upcoming season.
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